Breaking 2019 elections: Zamfara APC has no candidates, Appeal Court rules

A Nigerian court of appeal has nullified All Progressives Congress (APC) party primaries in Zamfara state for the 2019 General Elections.

The court sitting in Sokoto on Monday in a verdict nullified the judgment of the lower court that allowed the party to present candidates for the elections.

Mr. Kabiru Marafa, Senate Committee Chairman on petroleum (downstream) and 129 others had gone to Appeal Court to challenge the decision of the High Court allowing APC to participate in the 2019 elections.

Mr. Tijjani Abubakar, the lead justice and two others in delivering the verdict, held that the lower court erred.

They ruled that the lower court failed to evaluate the evidence before it, and hence quashed the decision of the lower court.

Delivering the judgment, the Justices held that the plaintiffs being card-carrying party members and aspirants in the said primary election have locus standi to institute the suit.

An earlier judgment from the Zamfara high court had legalized the state APC party primaries making it possible for the party to participate in the elections.

Dissatisfied with the lower court ruling, the plaintiffs appealed, hence the current verdict.

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